ARE OUR SINS REALLY
Kathy Bernard - Publisher
“The eyes of
Jehovah are in every place, keeping watch upon the
evil and the good”. – Proverbs 15:
One day our mother told us she had
to go on an important
errand and could not take us along. She admonished
us saying "I will only be gone for an hour or so. Make sure the
front door stays locked, stay inside the house, and don't let anybody in.
she gave us a stern, no nonsense look. "Behave yourselves while I
am gone. Do you hear me?" Another strong look….
As soon as the
front door closed, thus began the fun for us pre-teens, and all fear flew out the
window. How easily we forgot the rules in our wild antics of
freedom. BUT tragedy struck as we unintentionally and inevitably broke and destroyed
something very special that day and not one of us would solely take the blame.
mother came home we tried to hide our actions, fearful of the
punishment we knew was positively coming since mothers seem to know
everything. They are able to interpret the guilty, furtive looks on
our faces which invariably meant we did something we were not
supposed to do.
Today, some of
us have that same fear when we do things contrary to what God has
decrees is wrong. Many times we have improperly conducted ourselves
as Christians and try as we might to analyze or excuse our
sinfulness, the built in jury that God has placed within us crops up
to remind us of those sins, never letting go until it is rectified
through God's forgiveness.
and Eve in the Garden of Eden. They did not realize that they were
naked until they tasted the fruit of the forbidden tree and
hastily sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When
they saw the Lord walking in the garden, they hid among
the trees. The Lord God
called out to Adam, "Where are you?" Adam replied, “I heard you
walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
The Lord asked, "Who told you
you were naked?
Have you eaten
from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?” (Please read
Have you ever done
something wrong and mentally kept your head down because you were
ashamed to look up where we imagine God is watching?
for an example. Does this happen solely between two people or is
someone else looking on? The bible tells us there are three
present. You, a partner, and a God Who sees all things. The same
goes for abortion; you, the doctor, and again God. Nothing is
hidden. “For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid
from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”
Is your sin a private
action? Something you do in secret, alone or with others? And does
God see what we say or do to others?
destroy the hope of others with an unthinking word when, if we took
the time to see the damage, would see a large tear in someone's
fragile dreams. How about knowingly taking
advantage of someone's ignorance for our own selfish gain? Is this
a hidden action? If we reflect later on what we did, we know we
should make things right and ask forgiveness for our callous
behavior. Even though no person witnessed it, God in heaven did.
asks us, “Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not
everywhere in all the heavens and earth?”–
Jeremiah 23:24. And again in Psalms 139:1-7 it states, “O Lord, you have
examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit
down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You
see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I
do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord.
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on
my head. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me
to understand! I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never
get away from your presence!”
It is Satan
who prods us into sin, belittling what we know in our hearts is
right. If we listen to him, we will move ahead on feelings, needs,
and actions in our personal lives, even at our workplace. Some of
us may try to rewrite God's authority, changing His guidelines for
us to live by, but in the long run, it will prove faulty and an
essential part of us is lost. We know through the Holy Spirit what we are
contemplating is wrong. That “nudge” that the conscience gives is
proof that God wants to protect us from what we want to do. God is
telling us to step back.
Pope John Paul II speaking on sin tells us, "Freedom consists not in doing what we
like, but in having the right to do what we ought."
Some of us
knowingly sin, counting on God's goodness to get forgiveness. But
it does not work that way. Humanity cannot outwit God and the sin
becomes two fold.
The believing Christian
must feel his or her oppression of sins committed and seek to rid
themselves of their deliberate acts of transgression. David speaks
of this in Psalms 32:3-5, "When
I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all
day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat."
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide
my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the
Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone."
In her article
Catholic.net - There Is No Need to Hide
Lorraine E. Espenhain tells
us this about human sin: "When we slip and fall, we need
to confess our sin, repent of it, and then move on. The Lord wants
us to acknowledge what we have done. He wants us to seek His
forgiveness, and He promises that if we will seek that forgiveness,
He will give it. True,
sin separates us from the Lord, but it doesn’t have to keep us
separated. If we will make our wrongdoing right with Him,
our fellowship with Him need not be blocked. If it is blocked, it’s
because we have decided to put off confession and acknowledgment in
order to go into temporary hiding.
"If you have
sinned against your Heavenly Father, don’t put off the day of
confession and repentance. His feelings for you haven’t changed.
They don’t fluctuate with your daily performance. The Lord doesn’t
love as man loves. Man’s love is based on performance and is rife
with conditions. Man’s love is conditional, but God’s love is
unconditional. There isn’t
anybody on the face of this earth who can live a sinless life before
God. Solomon wrote, "Who can say, ‘I have kept my heart pure; I am
clean and without sin?’" (Proverbs 20:9). The answer to this is
"The Public Effects of Private Sin", Lorraine E. Espenhain relates, "May God give us the grace to
remember this sobering truth the next time we decide to act in our
individual lives, for private sin is a very public affair. It always
has been......and always will." Private sin affects the Church,
our families, our communities, and all those who come into contact
states: "To choose deliberately - that is, both knowing it and
willing it - something gravely contrary to the divine law and to the
ultimate end of man is to commit a mortal sin. This destroys in us
the charity without which eternal beatitude is impossible.
Unrepentant, it brings eternal death. http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/library/catechism/index.cfm?recnum=5102
No sin is
secret. The consequences of sinning
in private will always have far reaching results. Sin is a personal
act, an act of liberty and license assigned to us all by God for
obedience to Him. It is
a free will action given to mankind for use in loving Him, in choosing to
follow Him, obeying Him in all things, and recognizing the price paid by His Son, Jesus Christ
for our salvation. Sadly, some of us
are weakened by a powerful society. But if we succumb to its pull
of evil and sinful actions, ignoring what the Lord wants us to do, we
will still be personally responsible, and
accountable to the God Who sees all things. He gave us all
unrestricted power to pursue the things of this world, however
negatively and adverse to biblical teaching, but we
must be mindful of those, however higher up who will try by force
or will, to turn one's vision away from God and into sin.
Therefore, we must be
constant alert, for the day will come when we all will
be judged not as a collective society but separately, by a God Who sees and knows all things about us, even to the
number of hairs on our heads.
are all blessed with a conscience.
Recognize the signal
that comes to us through the Holy Spirit. Listen to it; don't
turn your face away.
may hinge on what it tells us. If we do fall into sin, we
do not need to hide our sins in
secret and private places for we have God's
forgiveness to keep us in the sunshine of His love. We
can move forward with His mercy and clemency to reach our ultimate
“For God watches how people live; He sees everything
they do." Job 34:21